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ASIC Prototyping

What is ASIC Prototyping?


ASIC prototyping refers to the process of creating a preliminary physical version of an Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) using technologies like Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) or emulation platforms. This prototype allows designers to validate and test the functionality, performance, and behavior of the ASIC design before moving on to the expensive and time-consuming fabrication phase. ASIC prototyping serves as a crucial step to identify and rectify any design flaws, bugs, or performance issues early in the development process. It helps ensure that the final ASIC design meets the desired specifications and requirements.



Why is ASIC Prototyping necessary?


ASIC prototyping matters in the following aspects:


Validation: ASIC prototyping validates the functionality of an ASIC design in real-world scenarios, catching errors and bugs that simulations might miss.


Performance: ASIC prototyping verifies whether the ASIC meets performance targets, ensuring optimal speed, latency, and efficiency.


Issue Identification: ASIC prototyping allows early detection and resolution of design flaws, reducing the risk of costly post-fabrication corrections.


Time and Cost Efficiency: ASIC prototyping saves time and money by identifying problems before manufacturing, minimizing redesigns and delays.


Risk Mitigation: ASIC prototyping helps manage the risks associated with complex ASIC development, ensuring a reliable final product.



S2C's solutions to ASIC Prototyping


FPGA prototyping plays a crucial role in ASIC prototyping by enabling the creation of functional prototypes using Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). In summary, FPGA prototyping facilitates the translation of ASIC designs into functional prototypes on FPGAs. These prototypes serve as powerful tools for verification, testing, debugging, performance analysis, and early validation, contributing to the success of the ASIC design before it progresses to the fabrication stage.


S2C Prodigy Prototyping stands as a comprehensive answer for IC designers with a focus on ASIC prototyping. It is dedicated to meeting the specific demands of IC designers who are seeking dependable alternatives for ASIC prototyping. This solution allows flexibility for working in different functional design stages. It is also suited to projects of varying scales and geographical positions, ensuring efficient progress regardless of project scope or location.


S2C offers a range of prototyping hardware solutions. The Prodigy Logic Matrix, designed to support the integration of billions of ASIC gates for system expansion, offers high-density FPGA prototyping. On the other hand, the Prodigy Logic System, based on Xilinx and Intel FPGA devices, provides an all-in-one design for rapid prototype development. For those seeking improved design efficiency, the Prodigy Logic Module is a good option with a low-profile design.


S2C also offers supplementary tools that enhance the functionality of the prototyping systems, resulting in a comprehensive prototyping solution. Prodigy Player Pro accelerates the development process by working with S2C FPGA-based prototypes. Prodigy Multi-Debug Module Pro offers a simultaneous debugging solution that spans multiple FPGAs. Prodigy ProtoBridge serves as a verification tool, connecting PC-based software to the FPGA-based prototyping environment. Additionally, Prodigy Prototype Ready IP refers to the daughter boards with ready-to-use interfaces and accessories, seamlessly integrating with Prodigy hardware. Complementing these offerings, Prodigy Neuro is a software that facilitates remote management of multiple prototypes located across diverse geographical sites.





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What type of chip are you designing
What is the capacity of the ASIC gate included in the design?
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Xilinx VU19P
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Segmentation tool
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